More than 120 trees that line Tallaght by-pass to be removed due to safety concerns

By Mary Dennehy

MORE than 120 trees that line the N81, creating a physical and visual barrier between Glenview estate and the busy Tallaght by-pass, are being removed due to safety concerns.

After communication with a number of residents, an independent arborist was last October commissioned by South Dublin County Council to assess the condition of the trees located along the boundary of Glenview Park with the N81.

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Sinn Féin councillor for Tallaght Central, Brendan Ferron told The Echo that he was contacted by residents more than two years ago on the issue.

He said: “I received representations from residents on these trees which had grown to a dangerous height, with some branches coming down, roots growing into and blocking drains and other issues.

“I spoke with the council and after some investigations it was discovered that these trees, which are mainly poplar and ash, are the wrong species for this location – and after consulting with residents, the trees will be removed and the area replanted with a beech hedge and cheery trees.

“Nobody wants to be responsible for the removal of more than 100 trees from the county, but these trees have the potential to cause a lot of damage if they fall – and they are being replaced with other species.”

The survey, which included around 120 trees, reported that the poplars have reached a size where they are beginning to suffer from wind damage, with evidence present that branches and limbs had fallen from the crown of trees.

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The growth of the ash trees, according to the survey, has also been suppressed and restricted by the surrounding poplars, which is affecting their structure and future potential.

Labour Party councillor Mick Duff also submitted a question on the removal of the trees at Monday’s Tallaght Area Committee meeting.

Replying to Cllr Duff’s question, the council said that two public meetings were held to present the findings of the survey and the options available for future management – with a “show of hands” at the meeting indicating that the majority of people in attendance were in favour of “removing the trees at once and replanting”.

In the coming months the council is expected to begin removing the trees and replanting the area with a beech hedge, inside the boundary railing, while also introducing ornamental cherry trees.

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